A foam roller is an inexpensive and effective tool to use with pain management, body stretching and muscle expansion. Though, it may seem straightforward wrong use can cause injury. Below we list the way to get the best use out of your foam roller.
1) Make Sure That the Stick Suits Your Needs and Level of Advancement
Before you use the Stick for the first time (in fact, before you even get it) think what do you really need the Stick for. If you are a physically active person who goes to the gym every two days or so, then you already know your goal – you want to protect yourself from injuries, boost your workout performance and accelerate post-workout recovery. On the other hand, if you are just a beginner you may be a bit lost.
2) Follow a Set of Easy Instructions
The first thing you should remember is to keep your muscles relaxed each time you play with the Stick. This helps the “power” of the rollout to penetrate your muscles even deeper.
The next thing you should remember is to use it on your skin or through a very light clothing
3) Penetrate Your Muscle Tissue But Don’t Hurt It.
Many people believe that to get the best and long-lasting results they should use as much strength as possible. Although a quality Stick is usually designed to last a lifetime and should never break, it doesn’t mean you should use a lot of force when playing with it.
4) Learning How To Use A Rolling Muscle Stick: Don’t Mix Muscle Stick with a Foam Roller
Many people make a mistake and mix foam rollers with muscle sticks. If this rolls and that rolls, they think it must be working just the same way.
What they forget about is that with the Stick, they are using their hands and not their bodyweight. This means that they can use it in many different positions compared to a form roller